David Laufman on deck for Defense IG

President Bush plans to nominate the assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia to become the Defense Department's inspector general.

If confirmed by the Senate, David H. Laufman will fill a void left when Joseph E. Schmitz resigned last September to become chief operating officer and general counsel for the Prince Group, a division of Blackwater USA, which provides security services to deployed troops in Iraq and around the globe.

Thomas Gimble has been serving as acting inspector general. The Defense IG reports directly to the secretary of Defense.

Laufman previously worked as chief of staff for the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at Justice. He also has served as investigative counsel for the House Standards of Official Conduct (Ethics) Committee.

Laufman earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Georgetown University.

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